ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
Join in on parent talk
You need a play group, a new pediatrician, travel tips, a way to deal when (gasp!) your teen starts dating? Who better to give you perspective on parenting issues than the hundreds of moms gathering on www.HawaiiMoms.com? Post your question — you might be surprised what you find. Asked for tips on saving money and time at the Disney parks, moms posted an avalanche of ideas in the Family forum, and gr8fulmom added these pearls of wisdom: Let your kids GET ENOUGH REST! Don't push them if they are tired. The day will be ruined with everyone's patience being tested. ... (And) DON'T FORCE YOUR KIDS TO RIDE THE ONES THAT SEEM SCARY TO THEM. It may take years for them to warm up to riding anything again.
CRITTER CHARACTERS CHARMING
With characters like White Rabbit, Panda and Pinkie, who can resist this massive assault of cuteness? Aficionados of all things adorable need to see these craft books by Japan-based company Aranzi Aronzo — now available in English. The Aranzi Machine Gun series (Vol. 1-3, $9.95 each) offers a random mix of comics, character collages and projects. In Aranzi Machine Gun Vol. 1 (pictured), for example, read how Panda exercises to shake off "the sleepies," then learn how to make appliques of a rabbit or deer for a purse or pencil holder. Other books include "The Cute Book" ($12.95) and "Aranzi Cute Dolls" ($14.95). Go to www.vertical-inc.com/aranzi_aronzo.
— Zenaida Serrano
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